Kato Karate reinventing itself in a new light

The owners have recently modeled their business into a child development school instead of a martial arts school.

  Mankato City Council approves plans for downtown Dunkin’

  Hy-Vee paid out over $167 million in bonuses, other benefits to employees in 2020

  24/7 indoor sports facility now open

Court finds The Interchange in contempt of court, imposes $3K/day fine

  Through shutdowns and restrictions, local restaurants get creative

  Restaurant owners ready to resume indoor dining

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  The Blue Boat: A dining, art, music experience

  As COVID-19 spread trends downward, Walz loosens some restrictions

  Hometown Business Connection: Inspire Health and Wellness

  Indoor dining to resume in Minnesota January 11

  Walz to relax restrictions Wednesday on indoor dining

  Gov. Tim Walz to give COVID-19 update on Wednesday

Hy-Vee pledges $75,000 to assist 55 Midwest schools during pandemic

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Monday that it is pledging $75,000 to be awarded among 55 schools across the company’s eight-state region.

  Community lends a hand as Vernon Center Market staff begins picking up the pieces

Community Bank’s locations in Vernon Center, Mankato, Eagle Lake and Amboy are accepting donations as the market’s family begins picking up the pieces.

  Early morning fire destroys Vernon Center meat market, staple to the community

Before down, crews from Vernon Center and five surrounding cities battled a blaze that severely damaged Vernon Center Market.

New FAA rules may lead to drones delivering packages on our doorsteps

The Federal Aviation Administration established new rules for drone usage on Monday.

Fired Tyson boss says COVID office pool was a ‘morale boost’

  Bridge Plaza makes progress on construction

  Bonus Gift Card Program brings in thousands of dollars to downtown businesses

  Local restaurants adapt to new COVID-19 guidelines

  Albert Lea business issued cease-and-desist for violating executive order

  St. Peter man turns retirement hobby into booming business

  Minnesota’s top attorney sues bars that defied restrictions

Two Minnesota bars are facing lawsuits from the state attorney general’s office and suspensions of their liquor licenses after serving customers indoors in defiance of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order banning indoor service at bars and restaurants to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  Minnesota’s unemployment rate down in November

Minnesota is seeing jobs lost in November for the first time since April.

  Minnesota bars’ licenses suspended for defying restrictions

State public safety officials announced late Wednesday that the Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville and Neighbors on the Rum will lose their liquor licenses for 60 days pending a hearing before a judge.

  MDH issues $10,000 penalty, suspends license of Crow Wing County restaurant

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Wednesday night that it has taken regulatory action against a Crow Wing County restaurant that has repeatedly violated Executive Order 20-99.

  Indoor dining to remain closed through Jan. 11, other modifications made

Inside entertainment venues, event spaces, and similar establishments remain closed until January 11.

  Iowa lifts some virus restrictions; state reports 14 deaths

Reynolds’ revised coronavirus pandemic emergency proclamation, which takes effect Thursday morning, follows an overall decline in the spread of the virus and hospitalizations in Iowa in the past month.

Tyson fires 7 at Iowa pork plant after COVID betting inquiry

The company said the investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed troubling behavior that resulted in the firings at the plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

  Mankato West baseball stepping up to help local businesses

The Scarlets are hoping to sell 250 gift cards by Dec. 21.

  Over 100 Minn. businesses plan to reopen, say they have no other choice

On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz will say whether he will extend Minnesota’s current COVID-19 restrictions.

  Minnesota Legislature OKs virus aid for businesses, workers

The Senate voted 62-4 to approve the bill and sent it to the House, which passed it 117-13 late Monday night and sent it to the governor for his signature.

Tyson plant in Storm Lake sued over worker’s COVID-19 death

The family of a man who died from COVID-19 while working at a Tyson pork plant in Storm Lake has filed a lawsuit accusing the company and several plant executives of gross negligence.

State takes action against restaurants that refuse to suspend on-site dining

Minnesota state officials announced Friday that they are taking action against three restaurants that continued to operate despite Gov. Tim Walz’s four-week pause.

  Program helps Minnesota businesses reduce energy usage, save money

The Energy Smart Program provides free consultations to Xcel and Centerpoint commercial industrial customers.

DEED begins authorizing unemployment payments to high school students

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will begin the process of issuing unemployment payments to student workers Friday.

  ‘Coins for a Cause’ fundraiser raises funds for food shelves

People can donate loose change outside the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union building in Mankato on Friday.

  No-shows hurting local businesses

Many locally owned businesses are still juggling with a growing waitlist of clients trying to get in while still complying with capacity restrictions

  Young entrepreneur helps Mankato go green

A Mankato girl used her extra free time this year to develop a business that helps locals go green.

North Mankato City Council sets hearing on regulating food trucks

The ordinance would prohibit food trucks from operating within 500 feet of restaurants or community events, unless they are authorized by the event sponsor.

North Mankato businesses get small relief on liquor licenses

North Mankato would join other cities like Mankato who have made similar moves in the past.

  Businesses hopeful for state COVID-19 relief bill

Walz said he wants to focus on an economic relief package.

  Two North Mankato bars announce temporary closures

Two bars in lower North Mankato announced Friday that they will be temporarily closing.

  Downtown Waseca lands on National Historic Register

Take a look at the shops along Waseca’s State Street, and you’ll find buildings with unique architectural features that take you back in time.

  Mankato sees job growth amid pandemic

Locally, Mankato has the second-highest job growth in the state and an unemployment rate of 3%.

  Hometown Business Connection: Vivian Rose Boutique

This month's Hometown Business Connection is Vivian Rose Boutique.

  GMG, coalition of MN chambers urge Congress to provide business relief aid

The Minnesota Ready Coalition is urging our state’s congressional delegation to provide quick and robust action to support small businesses.

Confidence in Midwest economic future plummets in survey

A new monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests faltering confidence in the region’s economy.

Company to build plant in Iowa to make pallets from corn

Company CEO Lane Segerstrom says construction will begin in the spring and the plant will employ up to 30 people.

  Black Friday sales extended in year of COVID-19

One example is Menards, which extended its normally six-hour sale to 10 days because they wanted to give customer a chance to still get in on the deals, but also try to stay safe amidst the pandemic.

  River Hills Mall hosts ‘Warm for the Winter’ coat drive

People can drop off new winter apparel to be donated to those in need locally.

  Businesses, organizations give back during holiday season

Thanksgiving is the time for being thankful, grateful and most of all selfless.

  Greater Mankato Growth calls on Walz to provide relief to businesses

The Minnesota Ready Coalition is led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and consists of over 90 chambers and business associations from across the state.

Ellison takes action against Wabasha County gym that refuses to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office filed a lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order Wednesday to prohibit a Wabasha County gym from remaining open to the public.

  North Mankato extends COVID-19 loan program

The four-week extension is meant to support businesses that are affected by Executive Order 20-99.

  Walz, House Republican Caucus introduce coronavirus relief packages

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the House Republican Caucus both announced outlines Tuesday for COVID-19 economic relief packages aimed at helping small businesses and workers across the state.

Hy-Vee seeking 10,000 new employees across Midwest

The West Des Moines-based company says it is hiring individuals for temporary and permanent help and has openings for part-time and full-time positions at many of its Midwest stores.

  Local businesses prepare takeout options for Thanksgiving

Local food businesses are preparing takeout options for Thanksgiving as an alternative to dining in.

  Walz turns back dials, implements new restrictions in COVID-19 battle

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced new statewide restrictions Wednesday that he hopes will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  New donation record set on Give to the Max Day

That’s a significant increase from last year’s record-breaking year, where $21.7 million was raised.

  Historic, remodeled Madelia Theater reopens for one day only before shutdown order

The theater opens Friday for one day only before having to close again because of shutdown orders that go into effect.

  Minnesota’s unemployment rate drops to 4.6%

Gains were led by the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which was up 4,600 jobs. Retail trade lost 200 jobs in October, the first job loss in the sector since April.

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 3.6%, among lowest in US

Iowa’s unemployment rate is tied with South Dakota for third-lowest in the nation, behind Nebraska and Vermont.

  Area businesses react to new COVID-19 restrictions

Many businesses around the area are feeling the brunt of the dial-back.

Bankers survey projects drop in holiday retail sales

The Rural Mainstreet Survey’s overall index fell to 46.8 in November from October’s 53.2.

  Mayo Clinic: 905 staff diagnosed with COVID in past 2 weeks

Dr. Amy Williams is the executive dean of Mayo Clinic Practice. She said this week that that number accounts for 30% of all staff that have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

  Give to the Max Day is ramping up

The organization usually raises millions of dollars for 6,000 causes.

  State releases more information on how to conform to new restrictions

The State of Minnesota announced Monday it has made available more documentation pertaining to Executive Order 20-96, which imposed further restrictions on Minnesota bars, restaurants and social gatherings.

  Mount Kato Ski Area gears up for another season

Mount Kato is one of the hot spots for snowboarding, skiing and winter tubing in southern Minnesota.

  Virtual career fair for veterans coming up

Hundreds of employers, educational organizations and veteran services are participating.

  Bar owners react to new COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Tim Walz announced the new restrictions citing Minnesota’s recent surge in coronavirus cases.

  South Central College celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Over $1.5 million in grants awarded to partnering employers for apprenticeships over the past 5 years.

  North Mankato requests public feedback on future land use

The Northwest Growth Area Study draft lays out a mix of industrial, commercial and residential development scenarios.

  Hometown Business Connection: Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar

They opened their doors in July — in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic — and have been booming ever since.

Business leaders survey hits highest level in 16 years

The overall measure of the Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index improved to 70.2 in October from September’s already strong 65.1.

  US Secretary of Labor tours Le Center business

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia toured Maud Borup in Le Center Thursday, a women-owned candy company committed to sustainability.

  Coffee shop supports local artists

Despite the pandemic causing a decrease in foot traffic, one Mankato coffee shop continues to feature work to support local artists.

  Local company offers D.I.Y. Halloween costume ideas

If you’re looking to save some extra cash on a Halloween costume this year, Mankato moving company Two Men and a Truck has some budget-friendly ideas for you, and you won’t need much more than a simple box.

Gap to close about 350 stores by 2024

Executives expect about 80 percent of Gap and Banana Republic revenue will come from online sales, strip malls and outlet stores.

CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.